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Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, Richard M. Jaffe, Jeff Wilson, and Tomoe Moriya

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520269170

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520269170.001.0001

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Christianity in Japan

Christianity in Japan

(p.31) 4 Christianity in Japan
Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume III
Jeff Wilson, Tomoe Moriya, Richard M. Jaffe
University of California Press

This chapter contains D. T. Suzuki's open letter to Rev. John R. Mott, a cofounder and the general secretary of the World Student Christian Federation who received the Nobel Prize for his peace work (via foreign Protestant missions) in 1946. Published in the English edition of the monthly journal Hansei zasshi (later The Orient) in 1898, the letter was Suzuki's reaction to Mott's triumphalist article that appeared in the New York Times on May 31, 1897 regarding the work of missionaries in Japan. Suzuki defended Japanese Buddhism against Mott's claim that it falls short in fulfilling “the need of moral and religious culture” felt by thoughtful people. According to Suzuki, Christianity is backward and not “in accord with scientific thoughts,” unlike Buddhism. He also objected to the Christian depiction of “Buddhism” and argues that “Christianity neither could, nor would, do better than Buddhism has done, and will do, for the general welfare of the nation.”

Keywords:   letter, D. T. Suzuki, John R. Mott, World Student Christian Federation, Hansei zasshi, New York Times, missionaries, Japan, Buddhism, Christianity

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